Tuesday 14 April 2020
Liberal Nationals welcome announcement to expand COVID-19 testing criteria
The Liberal Nationals welcome today’s announcement to expand the testing criteria in Victoria for COVID-19 – something we have been calling on the Government to do for weeks.
Since raising the issue about the availability of Victorian testing kits and swabs in State Parliament, Victorians who called the hotline and were told to get tested were being turned away when presenting to clinics.
Victoria’s testing criteria since the outbreak began has remained too narrow, despite COVID-19 health experts urging governments around the world to “test, test, test”.
We will never know the true number of Victorians that contracted COVID-19 since January, but the expansion of tests, something that is weeks overdue, is welcomed today to ensure no Victorian is refused testing and turned away again.